Blacklist by Alyson Noël
Series: Beautiful Idols #2
Published: April 4th 2017 by HQ
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Everyone needs a lucky break.
Layla Harrison, Aster Amirpour and Tommy Phillips always dreamed of the ultimate celebrity lifestyle.
But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would come with a cost – their involvement in the disappearance of Madison Brooks-a story that’s blinded the world like a starlet dazzled by paparazzi flashbulbs,
Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster faces a looming murder trial and Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person who Madison saw alive.
You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they will find that some secrets are best kept in the grave…
I believe this is my first ever review of a book that I didn’t finish. I made it 24% of the way through this book before it became too unbearable to continue.
I read Unrivaled, which I got from the library, last year, and I finished it but gave it one star. This book was worse! So slow that at the 24% mark, nothing had actually happened. No likeable characters, no interesting plot, nothing worth reading about. It’s really a cliche, poorly-written cross between Lauren Conrad’s LA Candy trilogy and the cringiest episodes of 90210 (season one, anyone?). Even the character of Madison sounds like a cheaper version of Madison from LA Candy – same background, same motives, everything.
The other characters, such as Aster and Layla, are terribly boring and unoriginal. Everyone is a copy of a character from another book or a TV show, and the whole book is a bundle of bad tropes.
Tommy was the absolute worst character in this book. He’s incredibly misogynistic and full of himself, and everything that comes out of his mouth is a tired cliche. I didn’t understand the point of his character. He’s also very aphobic – at one point he mentions that he hasn’t slept with anyone since arriving in Los Angeles, and compares this to “living like a monk.” Pass. He also tells himself that he “deserves a threesome” because of this, and chooses two women that he sees and plans to ask them. That was far as I got before I had to stop reading.
Overall, this book is very cliche, poorly-written, misogynistic, and aphobic, and I didn’t enjoy it in the slightest.
Rating: 1 star
Recommended for: If you enjoyed Unrivaled then go for it, but personally this book wasn’t for me and I don’t recommend it.
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